Cyanogen, Android's supposed killer, is dead in the water
Google's latest Android distribution numbers suggest that newer operating system are gaining ground at an increasing pace compared to one or two years ago. The Android ecosystem was always plagued by extremely slow uptake of newer versions but the good news is that things are changing, albeit slowly.
As on 6th February, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which was launched back in 2015, claimed a market share of 30.7%, the most for a single OS version. This means that at least one in every three Android phones runs an OS which is less than two years old. Android 5.0 and 5.1 Lollipop which date back to 2014 together hold a market share of 32.9% but their share is down from 34.1% in November 2016. Marshmallow's share has also grown impressively from 24% in November to 30.7%.
When it comes to smartphones, Lollipop beats KitKat, Marshmallow and Nougat
Android Nougat (7.0 and 7.1) is only a few months old but its total share in Android devices has surpassed that of Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich, which hold 1% share respectively. With a number of Android devices launching at Mobile World Congress later this month followed by many more over the course of the year, Nougat's share will rise significantly by the turn of the year.
The worrying trend is that Android Jelly Bean continues to boast a market share of 11.3%, but that is down from 13.7% a few months ago. At the same time, Android KitKat owns a meaty market share of 21.9% but that is also down from 25.2% in November 2016. Overall, the numbers have shown steady improvement over the past few months but it will be a while before Google gets to boast the kind of new OS uptake percentage that Apple does at the moment.